The Technological Fix

Why is technology progressive (why is it possible to build on the past and keep making progress)? does technology give us power or does it leave us dependent on a web of complex systems that we cannot understand or control?

The Technological Fix=the idea that all problems (even social problems) have technological solutions
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The difficulty of social problems:

Society has sometimes looked to engineers for efficiency--this is another kind of technological fix that tries to make an area of human life more rational with the idea that this will make progress possible.1930s technocracy pamphlet

What do we miss when we are focused on progress?
Does technological change always hurts someone?

Quote of the day:

Melvin Kranzberg's six laws of technology state:

1st - Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.
2nd - Invention is the mother of necessity.
3rd - Technology comes in packages, big and small.
4th - Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions.
5th - All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.
6th - Technology is a very human activity - and so is the history of technology.

this page written and copyright  Pamela E. Mack
last updated 9/9/05